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Have you ever sat in the audience for a classical music concert and wished you understood the music better -- even for a piece you were familiar with? National Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Emil de Cou feels your pain.
Classical music audiences around the country are declining in size and growing older, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. For the last 10 years the Rush Hour Concert Series in Chicago has been trying to buck that trend.
British conductor Sir Edward Downes ended his life last week at the age of 85, alongside his wife Joan, 74, in Switzerland. He had not been ill (though his daughter reported he was nearly blind and deaf), but Lady Downes…
What do you get when you pair an 11th century Spanish poet with a modern American composer? Last week, the audience at the Seattle Symphony found out at the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' "Symphony of Meditations."…
By Arts Desk
China is home to stars like the pianist Lang Lang, it has vast numbers of music students, it's the world's largest exporter of musical instruments, and it's building new venues to hear music all the time.
Two years ago, pianist Simone Dinnerstein seized the attention of the classical music world with a debut concert at Carnegie Hall and a self-produced recording that became a bestseller and made many critics' top lists that year.
Through a series of unfortunate events, apparently, Daniel Handler did not grow up to be a musician. Instead, he -- or rather, one Lemony Snicket -- grew up to write the wildly popular series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events."…
For the past several years, classical music composers have gathered to share their more eclectic scores at the "Bang on a Can" festival in North Adams, Mass. Jeffrey Brown explores the origins of the event.
The New York Philharmonic performed in North Korea Tuesday, the first major U.S. cultural organization -- and the largest contingent of Americans -- to visit the isolationist country in more than 50 years. Experts evaluate the event and its historical…
Marin Alsop was recently appointed to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the first woman head of a major American orchaestra, as traditionally defined by budget size and other factors. Jeffrey Brown profiles Alsop's work in music.
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